Original Post Date: 2001-08-29 Time: 03:55:20 Posted By: Jan
Phil Goff, the New Zealand Foreign Minister, says his country wants Robert
Mugabe, the Zimbabwean President, at October’s British Commonwealth summit in
Australia so that he can face the music for his government’s actions. Some
human rights organisations are demanding that Mugabe be banned from the
summit. Goff said New Zealand wanted Mugabe to attend the Brisbane meeting
“so that he can be lined up and maximum pressure put on him.”.
Goff told Radio New Zealand that the Zimbabwe problem was not just a matter
of invasions of land owned by white farmers.
“There’s a range of human rights abuses there,” he said. “By far the largest
number of casualties have actually been black opponents of President
“Immense pressure has to be brought on Mugabe,” Goff said.
“I don’t know if he’ll even turn up, but I think the opportunity should be
welcomed to have him there, so the whole of the Commonwealth can come on him
to get an improvement in the situation and to ensure that the presidential
elections due early next year are in fact democratic and there is a chance
for change.” – Sapa-DPA